GCCN Network News 2019 # 4
February 11th 2019

Dear GCCN Member,

Welcome to the this edition of GCCN Network News. Below we have information on:
  • The re-issued Busking Bylaws
  • Bualadh Busk - a day-long Busk-A-Thon in Galway
  • The Mayor's Awards 2019
  • A workshop on the Good Friday Agreement and its implications for Brexit
  • Become an SDG Advocate
Busking Bylaws
Despite overwhelming support to allow Buskers in Galway to self-regulate, Busking Bylaws were adopted by Galway City Council in May 2018. Because of a technicality, they have been sent back fro public consultation.

A copy of the proposed Bye-Laws are available for inspection at the offices of the Galway City Council, Customer Services Desk, City Hall, College Road, Galway, between the hours of 9.00 a.m. to 4 p.m. from Thursday 31" January to Friday 1" March, 2019. They are available to download below.
Written submissions in relation to the Draft Galway City Council (Street Performance & Busking) Bye-Laws 2019 should be made to the Environment & Climate Change Section, Galway City Council, City Hall, College Road, Galway not later than 4 p.m. on Friday 6" March, 2019 or by visiting

All submissions shall be considered by the Galway City Council prior to making the Bye-Laws.
Download the draft Bylaws here
Bualadh Busk
The Galway Buskers’ Community are happy to announce ‘Bualadh Busk’; a day long busk-a-thon on Saturday, February 16th, in positive protest against the Galway City Council’s re-proposed Busking Bye-Laws.

We invite the public and fellow performers to come along, watch, listen, join in if you like, and enjoy the very best of Galway’s Busking community all day long! We will have an information table available, with members of our community there to talk to, examples of our own Code of Conduct, examples of the proposed bye-laws, and a petition against them. We will also be informing people how they can send in their own submission on the bye-laws, as well as helping those who wish to to fill out voter registration forms.

The Galway Buskers Community stand united in opposition to the proposed Galway City Council Busking Bye-Laws, as they were not done in consultation with us, as we were ignored throughout the process, and as we already have our own Buskers’ Guide to Galway and voluntary Code of Conduct which we have invited the council to support with us — instead of making expensive to enforce laws against us.

Some on the Galway City Council have said that a volunteer code of conduct won’t work, and yet we can show near one hundred percent compliance with our code, which assumes the best of our community—as opposed to their proposed bye-laws, which by their very nature of being laws, assume the worst.

Despite a majority of public submissions being against the Busking Bye-Laws last year (conservatively over 95% against), the Galway City Council voted them in anyway, only to have them revoked due to a technicality.

Instead of taking the opportunity to review what we consider to be controversial and very restrictive bye-laws, the Galway City Council have simply put forward the exact same draft for public submission as last year.

The Galway Buskers’ Community ‘s Bualadh Busk’ will be held at the top of William Street (by the Oscar Wilde Statue) on Saturday, February 16th, all day long!

The Galway City Council proposed Busking bye-laws are available to the public until March 1st, and they are taking public submissions until 4pm March 8th.
More Information
Mayor's Awards 2019
It is that time of year again - please see below for information on the Mayor's Awards 2019


There is a saying, I always wondered why someone didn't do something about that, then I realised I am somebody. These awards give us an opportunity to recognise all those who volunteer and step up in our community. Galway City is the winner as we are lucky to have such a strong cohort of volunteers within the City – so said The Mayor of Galway City this week. Cllr. Niall McNeilis launched the 16th annual Mayor’s Awards on Sunday 27th January 2019 and called on people in Galway to nominate unpaid volunteers for their work in the community in the city. He also highlighted the outstanding work volunteers throughout the city do and said that this is an opportunity to highlight this work and that volunteers is what the Mayors Awards is all about. The Mayor’s Awards will again acknowledge outstanding people and organisations that, through their commitment to participating in unpaid community and voluntary activities, have had a significant impact on the quality of life of their communities in Galway City.
Nominations are invited from people in Galway City for individuals or organisations for the Mayor’s Awards. There are 9 individual Mayor’s Awards:
  • Arts, Culture, Heritage & Cúrsaí Gaeilge Award
  • Residents & Local Areas Award
  • Community Service & Social Inclusion Award
  • Older Person Volunteer of the Year Award
  • Sports Volunteer of the Year Award
  • Children and Youth Support Award
  • Young Volunteer of the Year
  • Environmental Sustainability Award
  • The Galway City Council Volunteer of the Year Award
Each of the Award winners will receive a specially commissioned trophy and a payment of €500.  All nominees will be presented with an individually designed Mayoral Certificate at the Awards ceremony which will be held on Tuesday 16th April 2019 in the Galway Bay Hotel, Salthill, Galway.
The closing date for nominations is Friday 8th March 2019 and nomination forms are available from City Hall, the City Libraries and to download from
More details on the Mayor’s Awards are available from or from Ruth Flynn at 091 536809, email to
Bringing the Agreement Home: In all its parts
Workshop on Monday 4 March 2019, 11.00am – 1.00pm in the Harbour Hotel, New Dock Road, 

Led by the Centre for Cross Border Studies the “Bringing the Agreement Home” project offers an accessible review of the 1998 Belfast/Good Friday Agreement and subsequent related agreements, informing and engaging community organisations in Northern Ireland and Ireland on the provisions of the agreements and the institutions and bodies they created through a series of workshops and an “All-Island Conversation”

The Belfast/Good Friday Agreement has become a core issue in the negotiations over the UK’s withdrawal from the EU, with all the main negotiating parties expressing their desire to avoid undermining it as a result of Brexit. This workshop will help to build an understanding of the importance of the agreement.

More Information
Register Here

SDG advocate programme
Development Perspectives are currently recruiting for their SDG advocate programme, the SDG Advocate programme offers 26 active citizens an opportunity to represent their community, by becoming one of Ireland’s positive changemakers. The 8month training course will allow the advocates to deepen their understanding of the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals, represent the project internationally and lead transformative change in Ireland. We are looking for community activists, change makers and global thinkers to apply for the chance to take part by February 19th. The chosen participants will travel to Vietnam or Tanzania for 2 weeks during summer 2019. The work/study visit affords an invaluable chance to experience first-hand perspectives and challenges that people face in a different global context.
This part-time educational programme and life-changing opportunity is one element of a larger project called the #SDGchallenge which was awarded the Dóchas 2017 SDG Champion Award, an award designed to recognise an organisation that has done outstanding work around the advancement of the Sustainable Development Goals and was a finalist in the 2018 UN SDG Action Awards, designed to recognise outstanding achievements and innovative efforts to promote action on the Sustainable Development Goals.

Bobby McCormack, Co-founder and Director of Development Perspectives, says: “The SDG Advocate programme 2019 offers an exciting, challenging and rewarding experience to the right candidates. The ultimate message is that irrespective of where you live, you can affect global change, through local actions. By bringing people together from very different living contexts, it provides an opportunity to understand each other’s perspective and strive for a more balanced and just world. Local and global communities need active citizens who are willing to contribute to a fairer, more just and sustainable world and taking part in the SDG Advocate programme is one way of playing your part.”
Do you have what it takes to be one of this year’s Sustainable Development Goal Advocates or can you help us spread the word?

“Be a global citizen. Act with passion and compassion. Help us make this world safer and more sustainable today and for the generations that will follow us. That is our moral responsibility.”

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